ATKT: Students not eligible but appear for Class XII exam: ZP Probehttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/atkt-students-not-eligible-but-appear-for-class-xii-exam-zp-probe-3/

ATKT: Students not eligible but appear for Class XII exam: ZP Probe

College denies any wrongdoing.

Three students of a college in Sangvi run by Mrutyunjay Education Society appeared for the higher secondary certificate (class 12) examination 2013 although not eligible for admission to class 11 in 2012 under the ATKT (allowed to keep term) rules,according to an inquiry by K D Bhujbal,extension officer,Zilla Parishad.

The college principal denied any wrongdoing saying the students had cleared the SSC at the time of appearing for class 12 exams.

As per rules of the state board,ATKT allows failed students to be admitted to class 11 only if they clear the subjects by March next year. Only SSC students who fail in a maximum of two subjects can seek admission to class 11.

In case they fail to clear the exams,their admissions to class 11 remains null and void and they have to seek admission after clearing all the subjects in the next term.

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One of the three students had failed in mathematics in March 2010 scoring 31 marks. As per ATKT rules he was admitted to class 11 and appeared for mathematics in October 2010 and failed again scoring 36. He was allowed to sit for the Mathematics paper in March 2011 exam where he failed again. At this point admission to class 11 should have been cancelled and he should have been asked to take readmission to class 11 after clearing all the papers. He,however,sat for the October 2011 exam and cleared the paper and appeared for class 12 exam in 2013.

In the second case the student failed in two subjects in March 2010 and again in October 2010,and March 2011. At this point his admission to class 11 should have been cancelled. He appeared for the exam in October 2011 and passed but this was against ATKT rules,said the inquiry report by Bhujbal.

In the third case,a student failed in three subjects (English,Hindi and mathematics) in March 2011. As per rules,a student can be given conditional admission to the next class only if he or she fails in a maximum of two subjects. This student was therefore not ineligible but was admitted to class 11,the report states.

When contacted,Sudhir Pardeshi,Principal Mrutyunjay Education Society’s Junior College,said,“The students have cleared class 10 examination at the time of filling forms for class 12 exam. Hence they were allowed to appear for class 12 exam. There is no truth in the report submitted by the Zilla Parishad officers. We ourselves would not have allowed these students to sit for the exam if they were not eligible.”

“In the first two cases,admission should have been cancelled after the second attempt,but the school did not do that,which is against ATKT,” said Popatrao Mahajan,education officer at Pune Zilla Parishad. “In the third case,the student was ineligible in the first place as she failed in three subjects. This is negligence on the part of the junior college,” added Mahajan.

The board said they were not to blame for the mistake.

“We cannot cross-check each and every student as there are lakhs each year. Our job is to conduct the exam and declare the results,” said P Pawar,secretary,Pune division,state board.